Gretchen Reardon Sullivan, 49, wife of William T. "Bill"
Sullivan of Ipswich, died peacefully in her home on July 6,
2012 following her long illness.
in Springfield, daughter of John
A. “Jack” Reardon of Ipswich and
Shirley E. Chapman of
West Newton, she was raised in
Andover and Ipswich. She
graduated from Andover High
School in 1981 and couldn't wait to enter the workforce .
Gretchen graduated from Marian
Court Jr. College in 1992 where she was awarded the
McAuliffe Award for high honors. She graduated from
Lesley College in 1994 earning a
BS in Management. Gretchen spent fourteen years working at
Middleton. She started as a
Human Resources Representative, served as the editor of The
Bostik Bugle, and advanced to
Marketing Director. She was also a member of the Middleton
Chamber of Commerce. Most recently, Gretchen was the Human
Resources Manager, Northeast Region for ACOM/Metcalf
and Eddy in Wakefield. Gretchen
and Bill were married in 1989 at The Crane Estate in Ipswich.
They made their home and raised their family in Ipswich for the
past seventeen years.
Gretchen was full of life and put her all into everything that
she did. She loved going to the beach, boating, watching her
children take part in their activities, and spending time with
family and friends. More than anything though, she loved to be
with her beloved husband and children.
addition to her husband of twenty-three years and her parents
she is survived by two sons, Sean
R. Sullivan and Liam T.
Sullivan, and a daughter, Shannon
Y. Sullivan all of Ipswich; a sister,
Lianne R. Halloran and
her husband John of Ipswich; stepmother Mary Reardon of Ipswich;
Gilbert and her husband
Newburyport; father and
mother-in-law Richard and
Anita Sullivan of
Richard Sullivan, Jr. and his
wife Donna of Salem and
David Sullivan and his wife
Julie of West Peabody; and a
sister-in-law Susan Bunting and
her husband Al of
Seabrook, NH. Gretchen was
predeceased by a brother, the late J.
Glenn Reardon of Colorado. She also leaves many nieces
funeral service will be held 11 am Tuesday, July 10 in the
First Church in Ipswich, Meetinghouse Green, Ipswich. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Monday 4
to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter
Funeral home, 6 High Street,
Ipswich. Interment will be
private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her name
may be made to Dana
Farber Cancer Institute,
Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
or Susan G.
P. O. Box 650309